Do you have a cleaning lady? A gardener? A nanny? A handyman? This week's LA Times Home & Garden section focuses on the pros and cons of the people we hire to help us run our households and our lives. Do you do it yourself? Then perhaps you'd prefer to learn how to create a vertical kitchen garden or the evolution of the work of interior designer Michael Taylor? More, pix and links, after the jump...
Nannies take on extra duties as households economize: It's becoming more common, as people try to spend less, to ask the nanny to clean, grocery shop and more.
Household employees worry as work dries up: The LA Times talked with a nanny, a housekeeper, a gardener and a day labourer to find out how the recession is affecting them.
The ethics of cutting household help: When the going gets tough, who and how do you decide to let go?
A hole in the wall garden: No space for an edible garden? Think again. Garden designer Ann Phillips solves the problem with her edible plant wall. If you can't quite figure it out, she'll be offering classes in April.
The man who invented the California look: A new book by Stephen M. Salny about interior designer Michael Taylor explores how Taylor created what's come to be known as the quintessential California look: white interiors, stone floors and over-scaled sculptural furniture. Check out the online preview. Sainy will give a lecture on the designer Wednesday at 1 pm.
[image 4: Stefano Paltera for LA Times; image 5: Timothy Hursley/ W.W. Norton & Co]